New year, same scones

Today’s guest post comes from Venetia who recently went on a music making spree where among other activities, she sang while someone played a sackbut.  What is a sackbut?  This is a piece of a sackbut: The forecast was right and we had a sunny day here.  As is often the case, with winter sunContinue reading “New year, same scones”

Up and down

Today’s guest picture is another of Paul’s Lake District delights.  Knowing that I like bridges, he sent me this one of a the bridge at Rosthwaite in Borrowdale. We had a chilly day here, but as it was above freezing and dry, we weren’t complaining.  I thought that it was too cold for cycling thoughContinue reading “Up and down”

I have learned my lesson

Mary Jo from Manitoba has answered my request for guest pictures and has sent me one not from Manitoba but from London.  It shows Abney Park in Stoke Newington, one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ garden cemeteries of London.  It is a woodland memorial park and a local nature reserve. It was another chilly day hereContinue reading “I have learned my lesson”

At last a tootle

Today’s guest picture comes from my sister Mary who is back from Wales.  She found herself looking across the Thames and reflecting on how enormous the new buildings in London are when compared to the Tower of London which can be seen cowering on the extreme right of her shot. We had another dry dayContinue reading “At last a tootle”

An unusual nature reserve

Today’s guest picture was sent to me by Stephen, a friend of my sister Susan.  He took this picture of  a fabulous Sydney Harbour sunset. The occasion was the opening night of the annual Opera on the Harbour.  I hope he will forgive me for only using part of his shot. We had a wonderfully springContinue reading “An unusual nature reserve”

Short day, short ride

Today’s guest picture comes from Mary Jo in Manitoba where they really know how to have a winter.  Her picture shows her cat contemplating the hard life that a rabbit has when it has to scratch up the snow in order to find a blade or two of grass. Although we have still got twoContinue reading “Short day, short ride”

Art and nature

Today’s guest picture comes from my friend Bruce who is a railway enthusiast and was present at the unveiling of a plaque by Captain Chris Smith at the spot where the Hawick railway station would be if it was still here, which it isn’t. The Jellicoe Express ran between Euston and Thurso.  Hawick on theContinue reading “Art and nature”

Taking care

Today’s guest picture is another from my brother’s visit to the park in Madrid.  This was his favourite fountain. After some heavy rain overnight, we had a generally pleasant day today, often sunny but still with a brisk “feels like” wind to keep our coats firmly buttoned up for the morning and most of theContinue reading “Taking care”

Spring in the step

  Today’s guest picture come from ex-archivist Ken who tells me that this odd structure is designed to filter pollutants to the  equivalence of up to 300 trees. It is situated at Haymarket at a busy junction close to the bus station. Spring arrived  today and even if it is, as they used to sayContinue reading “Spring in the step”

Missing market

Today’s guest picture comes from Dropscone’s Irish adventure and shows one of the more exciting roads that the party drove over on their outings. We were in a state of deja vu today as the scene outside the window when we woke up was still snowy, the temperature was still around freezing and the skiesContinue reading “Missing market”